Legal status of human-animal chimeras – hybrid embryos

In addition to the biomedical and bioethical problems raised by human-animal hybridization, there are also objective legal problems. A recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2014; 40, 284-285) reviewed this topic following a debate in the United Kingdom (UK) House of...

Brain death: experts divided on how death is defined

Some authors, as Bernat reports in his article, have come to classify brain death unscientifically, illogically, even treating it as a legal fiction In the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, see HERE (1), Professor James L. Bernat reflects on where the...

Is it ethical to use cardiac arrest as a death criterion to obtain more organs for transplant?

About non-heart-beating death criterion, doubts are really more clinical than ethical, we believe that until these are resolved, the use of cardiac arrest to obtain organs could be questioned. On 19th May this year, Europa Press presented a Report by Dr Rafael Matesanz (see...

Artificial hearts implanted. Update on clinical use and ethical assessment

After 2500 artificial hearts implanted only in Europe. Has now been substantially simplified but until now it has been only implanted in patients with very severe heart failure, almost terminal. The use of artificial hearts (a device that replaces the functions of the heart) is...

Reproductive medicine and the production of bioartificial organs

Reproductive medicine and the production of bioartificial organs may be a source of hope in the next few years for patients with degenerative lesions of various organs, among them the reproductive organs. Undoubtedly, in this respect, major advances in stem cell knowledge,...
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Donor organ shortage. Supporting donation based on trust is an unavoidable social necessity

Donor organ shortage actual figures. Promoting organ donation based on trust is an unavoidable health policy to be able to provide organs to patients who are awaiting transplant. Around 120,000 people only in the United States today are awaiting a kidney, liver, heart or lung...

Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human embryonic stem cells, later comparing the functionality of the tissue produced with samples of brain tissue from human foetuses with the same...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included in this register, without having expressed their desire to donate at any time or having initiated any procedure to do so (organ donors...

Public funds authorised for production of human-animal chimeras

In September 2005, the dedication of public financial aid by the National Health Institutes for experiments on transferring human stem cells to animal embryos to produce chimeras was banned. However, on 4 August this year, this ban was lifted for certain experiments, and it was...

World’s first face transplant recipient dies. Time to reconsider the ethics of this practice

It seems that in the light of what happened to Isabelle Dinoire, it might be time to reconsider the ethical aspects of facial transplantation. According to French newspaper Le Figaro (06/09/2016), Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who underwent the world’s first face...